Imagine for a moment that you work for a place where your sick days can only be used if you yourself are sick and that you only get 6 of them as opposed to the 3 weeks' worth I get. What would you do? If you're lucky you have relatives or friends who can care for your kids. But that's a luxury many people don't have. What if missing those days causes you to lose a big account or a chance at a promotion because you miss some good face time with the head honcho? You see where this is headed, right? Many of us are lucky to have semi-flexible situations, fall-back plans, etc. But many of us are not. Who takes on the burden of dealing with sick children or ailing parents? Most of the time, it's a woman and most of the time doing so costs her something. This will cost me nothing, but it could and that's why I keep harping on it.